See the following websites for more information:
Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents all the directors of adult social services in England; the website provides information for social care professionals.
The Care Act 2014 introduces new responsibilities for local authorities and has major implications for adult care and support providers, people who use services, carers and advocates
Care Quality Commission provides information for professionals to work with others to help safeguard people from abuse.
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly CRB) supports safer recruitment protecting the vulnerable by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable to work with them.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to take a British national or permanent resident abroad for FGM or to help someone trying to do this. The link to the Berkshire Procedures online for FGM is below. This provides clear pathways of what to do if you are worried. http://www.proceduresonline.com/berks/reading/p_fem_gen_mutil.html?zoom_highlight=FGM
A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used.
Healthwatch England is the national consumer champion in health and care. It has significant statutory powers to ensure the voice of the consumer is strengthened and heard by those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services. Each local Healthwatch is part of its local community and works in partnership with other local organisations: Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham.
Honour Based Violence (HBV) is a collection of practices which are used to control behaviour within families or other social groups to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour. See CPS guidance on identifying and flagging cases and the Karma Nirvana website.
Office of the Public Guardian supports and promotes decision-making for those who lack capacity or would like to plan for their future.
Police and Crime Commissioner - the official website for the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley.
Public Concern at Work, the whistleblowing charity, aims to protect society by encouraging workplace whistleblowing.